The two go hand in hand, it’s really just that simple!
Taking a quick step back in history – the Wellington boot became a staple of hunting and outdoor wear for the British aristocracy in the early 19th century, after they were popularized by Arthur Wellesley, the 1st Duke of Wellington. Today, these boots are also called wellies, rubber boots, rain boots, gumboots, gumbies and gummies.
Out here on the wild West Coast, they’re called gumboots and you must prepare yourself for the elements at all times. Whether protecting your feet from the rain, an unexpected wave lapping the shore as you stroll along the beach or a muddy trail through the magnificent rainforest, gumboots are a comfortable, waterproof wonder and standard attire on the coast.
Locals live in them, visitors bring them along for beach walks and puddle splashing, while Brides and Grooms have started to show them off as they say “I Do” and play on the edge of the ocean.
Gumboots are proof that there is always room for a bit of childish fun in fashion!
Originally worn strictly as functional footwear, gumboots today can be stylish, yet practical. They can be found in a variety of sizes and colours to suit all preferences, from the more traditional to the fancy. You and your wedding party will no doubt find a pair that suits your own unique style. Tall or short, with laces or lining, polka dots, stripes, flowers and dozens of more options, gumboots will surely brighten any rainy day and bring a spring to your step.
Just imagine your beautiful white dress with a pair of yellow, red or blue gumboots adding a SPLASH of colour to your special day!
So come on, grab your gumboots and get ready for a true West Coast wedding in style.
Photos from Marnie Recker Photography